sunday bike ride

These pictures are a part of a spring fashion layout by Harper's Bazaar that appeared in the February 2010 issue. I can't think of a better word than just plain FUN to describe this lovely girl, her afternoon bike ride, and her sweet, spring attire.


You know how I admire advertisements. Here are a few that have caught my eye recently:

Hermes, life as a tale



Jimmy Choo

St. John




All images from the February 2010 Harper's Bazaar

our deeper nature

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We all- men and women- were created in the image of God. Fearfully and wonderfully made, fashioned as living icons of the bravest, wisest, most stunning Person who ever existed...All that we ever wished we could be, we were- and more. We were fully alive...

I daresay we've heard a bit about original sin but not nearly enough about original glory, which comes before sin and is deeper in our nature. We were crowned with glory and honor. Why does a woman long to be beautiful? Why does a man hope to be found brave? Because we remember, if only faintly that we were once more than we are now. The reason you doubt there could be a glory to your life is because that glory has been the object of a long and brutal war."

John Eldridge, Waking the Dead


the golden year

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Today I turn twenty-two on the twenty-second- the golden year. I woke up this morning more aware of the indescribable love of my God and family and friends than ever before. So thankful for twenty-two sweet years, my heart is very full today. A card I got this morning sums my feelings and hopes for the coming year:
"Walk in grace.
Be kind. Be wise.
See God's world with caring eyes.
Have a hopeful point of view.
Life is a gift."


if you're going to jump...

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A few weeks ago, a delightful friend gave me a book called, "The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing." Thumbing through the book, I found a quote that I haven't been able to forget: "Make your characters more than they are. If you're going to jump, jump off a cliff, not a chair..."
I think the reason I haven't been able to get this quote out of my head is because it has merit not only in writing, but also in life. If you want to live life out loud and in color, you have to leap- and a chair isn't going to cut it. From personal experience I know how easy it is to fall into patterns of safe behavior. It's easy and doesn't require you to get uncomfortable. But sometimes (okay, maybe a lot of times) it's worth the risk of falling if it means you get to be BOLD. Maybe I haven't forgotten the quote because I've recognized a lack of leaping in my own life. We weren't created to be timid- not with the way we love, serve, interact, or live- and I don't want to be timid anymore. I think life, especially the season of life I'm in right now, is for leaping. All signs point to a big ledge coming up in my near future and I'm making a promise to myself right now be bold and take leaps.

blog envy

One of my favorite blogs, Little Brown Pen is currently in Paris. It seems like every few hours Nicole adds new, gloriously delightful images of the city and I can't help but be a little green with envy. Maybe that will be me this time next year? C'est possible...


sisters in the family

As a senior, you start to take note of the most important things about college life. For me, one of the sweetest and dearest parts of my college experience has been my family in Tri Delt. Today, we are welcoming a new member into our family and it has made me reflect on the girls I have grown to love so much.

When I first joined Tri Delt, I hoped that I would get a big that I liked and could have fun with. God gave me so much more that I imagined. The girls in my family are incredible, deep-hearted women that exude the best things about Tri Delt. They have loved me unselfishly and steadfastly, taught me about being a woman of integrity and showed me true friendship. We laugh a lot, share our hearts, and love each other immensely. I know that when I leave Baylor, I will be taking them with me in my heart and will keep in touch with them for many years to come. My hope for our new little member is that she too will find the love and fellowship that has helped to mold me into the person I am today


moments to last part II

A 20 hour escape to Dallas this weekend was ordered to visit a beloved, former roommate. Car rides, ridiculously delicious food at the Cheesecake Factory and a sleepover in adjoining hotel rooms made for a girls weekend to remember.

It was clear we were in no rush as we lingered at the dinner table and stayed up late talking, laughing, and remembering; sharing plans and thoughts, dreams and jokes. These kinds of moments of lingering are becoming sweeter each day. Priorities seem to be shifting in this last semester as I pick and choose what to do and how to spend my time. I've decided this semester is the yes semester. Wanna hang out? Walk the bear trail? Go to Dallas? Yes, absolutely.

p.s. I must let you know that this is the first post written on my brand new computer given to me by my parents. I am so thankful for this new and perfectly petite, portable, and purple computer. They (my parents) seem to be in the dream making business for me- no matter how big or small. Blessed is a definite understatement.


on the right path

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Enjoying what you're studying and knowing this is the right place and time for you is a good feeling. I'm loving the new yet familiar feeling of challenge that the dawn of the semester has brought.

I believe that if you follow your heart- your true, deep, wild, and alive heart- you can't go wrong. I'm pretty positive that at least in this moment, I'm on the right path...and it feels good.


motto for a new semester

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Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. 
1 Corinthians 13:13 (The Message)
The first day of the last undergraduate semester stirs up a great mix of emotions, but I'm determined to stop wallowing, push through the uncomfortableness and fear, and live life up. Here it goes...


roadtrip to SA

New Years and a wedding in San Antonio:

Sunset on the way...He makes all things glorious.

Cheesy Janes!

Eating blackeyed peas for good luck in the new year.

Bouncy Fire in attendance!

Joey and Kristen's wedding was an absolute representation of the beautiful and pure love God intends for us all. In vows that they wrote themselves, they promised to serve one another and love one another like their God has loved them. It was incredibly touching and even holy to be in the clear presence of God and two people committing their lives to Him and each other. I am so thankful that I could be a small part of their very special day.

Not to mention that the wedding was a wonderful excuse to see family and old friends. Catching up with recent Baylor alums allowed me a glimpse into the more nearer than ever future of life after Baylor. We laughed and ate, and best of all, partied and danced in celebration of the new Mr. and Mrs. Aviles- so thankful for this sweet opportunity of rest and fun before the craze of rush, sing, and a new semester.

Congratulations Joey and Kristen!

welcome, 2010

It's going to be a big one and a good one- I can feel it.